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Souvlakia me Kota se Peta

Souvlakia me Kota se Peta

Though summer may not have officially started, Memorial Day weekend at the lake is definitely a great time to kick-off the grilling season!  As promised, here are actually 3 different combined recipes from The Complete Book of Greek Cooking.  I’ve only tweaked them slightly and have included my changes below.  These pitas are perfect for lunch or dinner and the tzatziki dressing makes them amazing.  When you take a look at the recipes below, don’t be put-off by the steps and ingredients.  Both the chicken and tzatziki are super easy to make and can be prepped several hours in advance, saving you that last-minute frantic rush before serving.

Souvlakia me Kota se Peta (Chicken Souvlakia in Pita Bread)
Serves 8

For the chicken:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
2 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ strips

Combine all the above ingredients in a large zip-lock bag and marinate in the fridge for 3 hours.  Come grilling time, heat your grill over medium-high flame.  Remove the chicken strips and discard the marinade.  Grill your chicken until it is cooked through.  (We skewered ours first, which makes flipping the chicken easier.)

For the tzatziki dressing:

3 Tb olive oil
2 Tb fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp ground cumin
1 Tb fresh dill, minced
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, grated, and drained of any extra liquid
1 cup nonfat Greek-style yogurt, like Fage 0%

Whisk together your olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and mayonnaise in a bowl.  Mix in the salt, garlic, cumin, and dill.  Stir in the grated cucumber.  Carefully fold in the yogurt and chill.

To assemble:

8 Pita bread
Grilled Chicken Souvlakia
Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion
Lettuce leaves
Kalamata olives
Feta cheese crumbles
Tzatziki dressing

Open your pita bread pockets and stuff with the Chicken Souvlakia and other filling ingredients.  Top with tzatziki dressing and dig in!

Nutrition information per serving (1 pita bread, 4 oz Chicken Souvlakia, 1/2 cup vegetables, 1 Tb olives, 1 Tb feta, and 2 Tb tzatziki dressing): 425 calories, 11 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 43 g carbohydrate, 35 g protein

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2 thoughts on “Souvlakia me Kota se Peta

  1. Brooke on said:

    I had the privilege of eating this fantastic meal- the tzatziki was amazing!

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